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Domestic Violence in Methamphetamine Psychotic Users, Psychiatric Inpatients, and Healthy People: A Comparative Study

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      Domestic violence is a serious threat to the physical and mental health of women. The aim of the present study was to find and compare the frequency of domestic violence between methamphetamine users, patients with psychiatric disorders, and healthy people.


      In this analytical cross-sectional study, methamphetamine users (n=30) and patients with psychiatric disorders (n=30) were women whose husbands were hospitalized during 2014 in Shafa Psychiatric Hospital in Guilan. Diagnosis was done with DSMIV-TR. Healthy people (n=60) were women whose husbands had no primary or drug induced psychiatric disorder or addiction. CTS-2 test was used to evaluate violence.


      The frequency of psychological, physical and sexual violence in the groups suffering from psychiatric disease and methamphetamine users was higher than the healthy group (P=0.001). We observed a direct correlation between the mean of psychological and physical violence in the three groups (r=0.9, P=0.001), (r=0.7, P=0.0001) and (r=0.53, P=0.005), respectively. Direct correlation between the psychological and physical violence was only observed in the healthy group (r=0.8, P=0.007).


      The results showed that methamphetamine users such as psychiatric patients are at increased risk of violence. Domestic violence screening of these patients is necessary. It seems that this substance is a new source of increasing domestic violence with more undesirable outcomes in Iran.

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            [1 ]Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
            [2 ]Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, School of Medicine, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
            [3 ]Psychiatrist, Ilam, Iran
            Author notes
            Correspondence: Reza Ahmadi, MD; Addiction and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, Shafa Hospital, 15 Khordad Street, Mosalla Square, Rasht, Iran Tel\Fax: +98 131 6666268 r.ahmadi57@
            Iran J Med Sci
            Iran J Med Sci
            Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
            Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences (Iran )
            November 2016
            : 41
            : 6
            : 486-493
            5106563 IJMS-41-486
            Copyright: © Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences

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            inpatients, methamphetamine, domestic violence, psychotic disorders


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